Friday, November 21, 2008

Impromptus: Jay Nordlinger

Excerpt/National Review:

They say that no one cares about the Falun Gong, and the vicious persecution they suffer at the hands of the Chinese government. But some care — and here is just one instance of persecution among thousands: “The Falun Dafa Information Center has learned that a 45-year-old farmer from northeastern China has died as a result of torture after being illegally detained for three months. His fingerprints on a fabricated confession were taken while he was unconscious for an alleged ‘crime’ of carrying 100 Falun Gong flyers.” (For a report, go here.)

That man’s name was Dong Liantai, and he lived in a village called Zhengjiu. What will happen to a different person, Liu Jin? “A Shanghai court sentenced Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Liu Jin to three and a half years in prison on November 3 for downloading information about the practice from the Internet and printing it to distribute to others.” (Report here.)

Say “kooky cult” all you want as you conduct business with the PRC, but don’t you think that death-by-torture is a little much — for possessing flyers and other such “crimes”?

Have one more item from our “strategic partner,” China, before we move on:

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Guo Feixiong . . ., who was tortured by prison authorities and brutally beaten by an inmate, has been denied access to his lawyer. Guo is serving a five-year sentence in Meizhou Prison, Guangdong Province, and intends to appeal his conviction and file a complaint against the prison authorities. Guo’s wife, Zhang Qing . . ., told HRIC that on October 20, Guo’s Beijing-based lawyer, Hu Xiao . . ., after traveling more than 1,000 miles to Meizhou Prison, was not permitted to see Guo.

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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